This week is Thanksgiving in the United States. Usually this means some extra TV or movie time. I have a music documentary recommendation for everyone. Last year a documentary called Anvil! The Story of Anvil was released. It tells the story of a band who didn’t make it. I think every musician on the planet will relate and laugh to at least some parts of this film. It has a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Highly recommended.
“At fourteen years old, best friends Lips and Robb Reiner made a pact to rock together forever. Their band Anvil, hailed as the demi-gods of Canadian metal, influenced a musical generation including Met allica, Slayer and Anthrax. Though Anvil never made it, they never stopped playing or believing. Following a calamitous European tour, Lips and Robb, now well into their fifties, set off to record their thirteenth album, This is Thirteen, in one last attempt to fulfill their boyhood dream.”
Back in May I had a post titled Make music videos with iMovie in 5 minutes. It lead to a Macworld article on Beat Markers in iMovie 10. Gary at MacMost has posted the above video tutorial of the same concept albeit with iMovie 11. Can you see how very it easy it is to make a competent music video? I really love this.
“Beat Markers allow you to set points in an audio track and then drop in video with cuts that match the beats. After timing out the beats in a soundtrack, all you need to do is drag and drop video or photos into iMovie and the video will be cut to match the markers. You can even add transitions that fit along with the beats.” – macmost.com
Grinding your teeth on a Wednesday morning trying to keep your todo list under 1000 items? Hit play on this nifty music video by The Japanese Popstars featuring Green Velvet. By the way this crew is from Ireland not Japan.
This short titled Dictaphone Parcel won the Passion Pictures Prize in London, in February 2010. What does your package hear as it travels from source to destination?
“Dictaphone Parcel is an animation based on a sound recorded with a dictaphone travelling secretly inside a parcel. As the hidden recorder travels through the global mail system, from London to Helsinki, it captures the unexpected. We hear a mixture of abstract sounds, various types of transport and even discussions between the mail workers. The animation visualizes this journey by creating an imaginary documentary.” – Lauri Warsta
I absolutely loved the early punkish B-52s before there later happy happy stuff. I wore out my LP of the original 1979 album “the B-52′s” (iTunes link) containing 52 Girls, Planet Claire and of course Rock Lobster. The Bit-52′s are a computer generated cover band. I’m amazed at the effort.
“The Bit-52′s consist of: Fred’s Vocals – TI99/4a computer, speech synthesizer and terminal emulator ii module. Kate and Cindy’s Vocals – Two HP Scanjet 3C scanners (Not Printers), UBunto and sjetplay written by NuGanjaTron. The Guitar, Keyboard, Cow Bell, Cymbal and Tambourine are all controlled by various types of push/pull solenoinds for a total of 23. The Solenoids are powered by four ULN2803 darlington drivers and everything is controlled by two PIC16F84A microcontrollers.” – bd594
Here’s two videos for Tuesday. These videos both have different musical things I like. The first video is showing Dutch producer Sebastien Léger using Ableton Live and the touchAble iPad app. The second video is the great Macbeth M5 synthesizer bleeping on it’s own accord.
“Tuesday is a day of the week occurring after Monday and before Wednesday. According to international standard ISO 8601, is the second day of the week, in some traditions also the third. The English name is derived from Old English Tiwesdæg and Middle English Tewesday. This was a loan translation of Latin dies Martis, originally associating the day with the planet Mars, but the Germanic name translates Mars, the god of war, as Teiwaz (Old English Tiw).” – WIkipedia
There’s really no excuse for not having a bunch of music videos for your own music. Most cell phones have video cameras good enough to record content. Every Mac comes with iMovie and you may be surprised how fast you can make a killer music video with it. Macworld has laid it out in an article called, “We’ve got the beat (markers)“. I highly recommend loading up iMovie and follow this article step by step. It’s actually just three quick steps but once you do it you will smile. Collect some short video clips, stills and spread yourself on YouTube and why not play the video behind you when you perform live?
“iMovie ’09 is ideally suited for creating short movies, but Apple included a feature that appeals specifically to people who want to make music videos: beat markers” – macworld.com
I have this record on pink marbled 12″ vinyl. I remember my friend Joe Forbes bought it first and it took me a while to find my own copy. Eventually I found it at Rebel Rebel on Bleeker Street. Amazingly Rebel Rebel still exists and the owner still stands in behind the front counter exactly as he did 20+ years ago. Recently I went in there with my brother and saw him only now with gray hair. We spent countless weekends, hours and money buying hundreds of records from Rebel Rebel. Secession had a few good songs. I love the melancholy melodies in Touch. Melodies like this were in so much of 80s New Wave and for me the memories are melancholy too. Forget Virgin Galatic I want a proper time machine.
“Rebel Rebel is one of the old school NYC record shops— they’ve seemingly been around since the dawn of time. The walls are lined with posters and records from bands that haven’t seen a recording studio in years. Vinyl is everywhere, promo posters are sold out of a box for $2 a piece. It’s one of those places where a record buyer just feels at home.” – nycgoth.com